Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai has died following a diagnosis of liver cancer.
A statement said he passed away surrounded by family on Friday night.
Obhrai, who represented Calgary Forest Lawn, had been an MP since 1997.
His office said his cancer had been diagnosed just a few weeks ago.
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— Hon Deepak Obhrai PC (@deepakobhrai) August 3, 2019
Obhrai, who represented Calgary Forest Lawn, had been an MP since 1997 and was dean of the Conservative caucus.
Born in Tanzania, he was the longest-serving Conservative MP and the first Hindu elected to the House of Commons.
Andrew Scheer said Obhrai was a “constant source of joy inside the Conservative caucus.”
“He brightened every room he walked into and often injected warmth, kindness, and good humour into our deliberations,” he said in a statement. “I know I speak on behalf of my Conservative colleagues when I say that he will be missed tremendously.”
The Conservative leader was one of much paying tribute to Obhrai on Saturday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Obhrai “dedicated himself to serving his constituents with utmost integrity, and we will miss him dearly.”
Our parliamentary family is mourning a great colleague and friend today. Deepak Obhrai dedicated himself to serving his constituents with utmost integrity, and we will miss him dearly. I send my deepest condolences to his wife Neena, his children, grandkids, and loved ones.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 3, 2019